5 Ways WorkSocial’s Collaborative Workspace Helps People Uncover Their Greatness

In a collaborative workspace, the rules of corporate go out the window, giving professionals the freedom to grow on their own. And at WorkSocial, we successfully stimulate the intellectual and financial growth of entrepreneurs and business owners.

We’re more than a coworking workspace for entrepreneurs in Jersey City; we’re a path to unique opportunities and a more dynamic professional. Besides building strong relationships, we help people optimize your professional productivity.

How so? By helping you tap into a state of flow, which is when we perform at our best.

When we’re in our flow, tasks are easier to execute and we can focus and crank out work. But it’s not easy getting into on your own, sitting in a home office.

Here’s how workSocial’s collaborative workspace will quintuple your productivity.

1. Make It Safe to Take Risks

At WorkSocial, you have total control over your job. You can decide whether you put in the long hours or the half-day (not to mention days off). Instead of falling prey to a typical work schedule, you can build your company at your own pace.

Your workspace revolves around you, whether you’re getting involved with the other coworking clients or are shut up in your zone. You can make calls, send out emails, and conduct business in an energetic and constructive environment.

When you are free from the pressure of a strict schedule, you can take risks and not have to worry about losing your workplace. You’re here when you want to be here, taking the risks when you want to.

And we’ll still be here when the phone calls, the emails, and all that business is over!

2. Create Novelty and Safe Uncertainty

At WorkSocial, our members are a trove of knowledge and skill sets that are accessed with a simple “hello.” People are here because they know that networking and an innovative environment are conducive to productivity.

Use these relationships to the fullest and create new opportunities for yourself. These new avenues are uncertain, but you have the benefit of a coworking space relationship: professional, friendly, and no strings attached all at once.

3. Stimulate Your Brain, Heighten Your Senses

In a collaborative workspace, creative ideas are shared pretty freely among the members. Instead of a typical working environment with begrudging coworkers in various departments, everyone here is independent, intelligent, and hardworking.

When you work with people from different industries, it allows you to take in those new ideas and put them to your own work. And that’s not something you’re likely to get elsewhere.

4. Create Opportunities Daily to Flex Your Mind

These new professional relationships open doorways and opportunities for your business by offering unique insight to various job fields. Utilize these relationships as you would the other resources (like wifi, seminars, and events).

Discover Your Potential at WorkSocial Collaborative Workspace

As an entrepreneur, you want your work to be meaningful and have the opportunity to take root and grow beyond your expectations. At WorkSocial, we’re here to help you achieve that vision, your slice of the American Dream!

Interested in learning more? Book a tour or contact us to get a better understanding of how we can help you tap into your flow every day!

 

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A Few Degrees Makes All the Difference

Winter is upon us, and with it, the seasonal debate over office temperatures begins again. In fact, a staggering 80% of workers surveyed feel that their office temperature is uncomfortable. Unfortunately, indoor climate regulations are based on standards developed in the 1960’s, using the resting metabolic rate of the average male of the time.

Over the ensuing 50 years, not only has the average male body type changed (averaging an inch taller and 30 pounds heavier), but fashion has changed as well, with clothes becoming lighter-weight and less formal. And the workplace has been transformed by the increasing presence of women. It’s time to rethink the temperature standard.

Factors that affect apparent temperature

While personal comfort levels are highly individual, there are several factors that influence the thermal comfort of office workers:

  • Gender. On average, women have a warmer core temperature and colder extremities than men and hormonal birth control exaggerates this effect. A woman’s hands and feet are often several degrees cooler than her male counterpart. Also, women have a slower metabolic rate than men, contributing to an overall greater sensitivity to cold.
  • Clothing. Generally speaking, women tend to wear clothing that exposes more skin surface area than male office workers. The more formal the workplace, the more this discrepancy tends to hold true, with female employees often expected to wear dresses and skirts, and male employees often expected to wear pants and jackets.
  • Humidity. While humidity is not directly related to temperature, it impacts how temperature is perceived by the skin. High humidity makes heat feel hotter, while low humidity makes chill feel colder.

Reasons to adjust the office temperature

Recent studies have explored the consequences of increasing the average office temperature by a few degrees, and there are some compelling reasons to do so:

  • Increased productivity. A 2014 survey found that nearly a third of workers spend 10-30 minutes a day not working due to an uncomfortable temperature, and 6% spend more than a half hour a day unproductively for the same reason. At 68 degrees, Cornell researchers found that employees committed 44% more errors than at 77 degrees. Sustained uncomfortable temperatures not only have a negative effect on employee productivity and health but can also impact teamwork and collaboration.
  • Reduced energy costs. Office air-conditioning systems are often designed for the worst-case scenario of the office being fully staffed on the hottest day of the year, and some engineers add up to 20% more cooling on top of thatto be on the safe side. This results in uncomfortably cold offices in the height of summer when people are more likely to be wearing light clothing. Adjusting the thermostat can not only increase employee comfort but save 25-30% on cooling costs. The Department of Energy says that commercial buildings can save 3% on energy costs for every degree the thermostat is raised in summer and lowered in winter.
  • Adjust the placement of heat-emitting appliances. While employers can’t always adjust the temperature on demand or relocate thermostats for improved comfort, there are ways to make the readings more accurate. Avoid placing appliances with heaters or fans near thermostats, so they don’t influence the reading.

Unfortunately, office temperature will probably always be a source of dissatisfaction, not only due to the significant differences between individuals but because architects and designers tend to tuck thermostat sensors out of sight for aesthetic reasons. Putting temperature sensors above ceiling panels or inside enclosed areas gives inaccurate indicators for the actual comfort of people in the room.

We will probably always rely on office sweaters and throw blankets, desktop fans and personal humidifiers, but, with some care and attention, we can make the office more generally comfortable, increase productivity, and save energy at the same time. Contact us for more information on flexible, comfortable, workspaces.

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